Next weekend is going to be NUTS in Lexington, with the Breeders’ Cup, UK/Tennessee, and general Halloween debauchery going on. UK is doing their best to make sure those who come to the football game don’t miss out on any of the fun, announcing a smorgasbord of activities they’ve got planned for the day.
“SEC Nation” will be in town for the game and will broadcast live from the Purple Lot. UK is also getting in the Halloween spirit by opening Wildcat Park outside Gate 9, which will feature face painting, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, visits by mascots Wildcat and Scratch, and trick-or-treating. All of that gets started at 3:30 p.m. Additional official trick-or-treat locations will be next to Nutter Field House at the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Kickoff area, near the stage set up for the pregame concern next to the Glenn Infiniti of Lexington Green Lot and at guest services locations outside gates 1, 4, 9 and 12. Trick-or-treating at these locations will begin at 4:30 p.m.
FYI, here’s a safety note from UK:
Reminder to Fans — As per city ordinance, masks are not allowed. With Halloween approaching, fans are reminded that as per Lexington city ordinance, masks may not be worn in public. Therefore, fans may not enter Commonwealth Stadium with masks or wear masks on game day. Also, for safety and security purposes, costume props will not be permitted inside the stadium on game day.
The G Funk All-Stars will perform the pregame concert in the Green Lot adjacent to Gate 1 starting at 4:50 p.m. Large video boards will be set up next to the stage so fans can watch the Breeders’ Cup races throughout the afternoon. The G Funk All-Stars, a popular funk cover band in Lexington, will pause for the Cat Walk at 5:15 p.m. and then perform an encore, after which Dee Jay Silver will play.
Here’s the schedule:
- 10 a.m.-noon — SEC Nation airs live from the Glenn Freedom Dodge Purple Lot
- 12:05 p.m. — Post time for first Saturday Breeders’ Cup race (Juvenile Fillies)
- 3:30 p.m. — Wildcat Park opens with Halloween festivities
- 3:30 p.m. — The KSR Pregame Show starts
- 4:15-4:50 p.m. — Dee Jay Silver plays following Twin Spires Sprint
- 4:30 p.m. — Trick-or-treating at other official locations begins
- 4:55-5:15 p.m. — G Funk All Stars concert following Breeders’ Cup Mile
- 5:15 p.m. — Cat Walk
- 5:30 p.m. — Cat Talk to the Cat Walk featuring Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas
- 5:35 p.m. — Breeders’ Cup Classic
- 5:40 p.m. — G Funk All Stars encore following Breeders’ Cup Classic
- 7:30 p.m. — Kickoff
The only way that day can get more fun is if we beat Tennessee. Let’s do that.